A ‘Welcome Home’ for Catholics

Blessed Sacrament Church will offer a seven-week “Welcome Home” program for returning Catholics at 7 p.m. Thursdays. Those who have been away from the church or want to learn more about their faith are encouraged to attend. Cost is free. The church is at 14072 Olive St., Westminster. (714) 596-2628.

The Rev. Tyler Guy will speak on “Fresh New Hope” at 9 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday at South Shores Church. Guy is the church’s new senior pastor. Child care and Sunday school will be provided. The church is at 32712 Crown Valley Parkway, Monarch Beach. (949) 496-9331.

The Center for Spiritual Development will offer seven different spiritual enrichment classes throughout July. Topics include “Art and Contemplation,” “The Legacy of Your Spiritual Journey,” “Vintage Spirituality” and more. The center is at 434 S. Batavia St., Orange. (714) 744-3175.

Vacation Bible School will take place from August 10-14 at King of Glory Lutheran Church. Registration required before July 15. The church is at 10280 Slater Ave., Fountain Valley. (714) 963-5649.


Golden Circle Church will celebrate the Fourth of July at 9:45 a.m. Sunday. Musical group Celebration USA will perform. The church is at 600 Golden Circle Drive, Santa Ana. (714) 541-3365.

The Rev. John Furman will begin his “Hearts of Iron, Feet of Clay” series at 9 a.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church of Westminster. Sermons will focus on the Book of Judges. The church is at 7702 Westminster Blvd., Westminster. (714) 893-1393.

United Methodist Church of Garden Grove’s music department and the Friends of Music will present the annual “Americana” concert at 6 p.m. at the fire ring amphitheater. There will be a $3 steak dinner. A freewill offering will be taken. The Methodist Men will sponsor a chicken dinner at 6:30 p.m. next Saturday. Cost is $5 per person or $15 for a family of four or more. The church is at 12741 Main St., Garden Grove. (714) 534-1070.

St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church will celebrate the groundbreaking for its parish community facilities. The church is within the Diocese of Orange, under the direction of Bishop Norman McFarland. The church is at 4112 Escudero Drive, Irvine. (949) 551-8601.


The Rev. Maurice Ogden will present “The End of the American Dream” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the United Methodist Church of Laguna Hills. Jesse Levesque will provide music. The church is at 24442 Moulton Parkway, Laguna Hills. (714) 837-3414.

The Rev. Deborah Truncale will lead a patio service at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Neighborhood Congregational Church. There will be Bible study from 10:30 a.m. to noon and from 7:15 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. The church is at 340 St. Ann’s Drive, Laguna Beach. (714) 494-8061.

The Jewish Community Center of Orange County will present the play “36" at 8 p.m. Thursday through July 19. Sunday performances are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for members and $12.50 for others. The center is at 250 E. Baker St., Costa Mesa. (714) 755-0370.

Guest speaker Phina Borgeson will discuss the 1st Amendment during the 10:30 a.m. worship services at the Unitarian Universalist Church of South County. Borgeson is a staff member of Project Freedom of Religion (FOR) and an Episcopal deacon. A “Christ to Christianity” early bird meeting will take place at 9:30 a.m. The church is at 25801 Obrero Drive, Suite 8, Mission Viejo. (949) 581-0245.


The Rev. Margaret Mohit will begin her “Eight Weeks to Optimum Spiritual Health” with the message “New Thought for a New World” at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday at Unity Community Church. Sunday school and child care will be offered. The church is at 22911 Mill Creek Road, Laguna Hills. (714) 472-9230.

The Rev. Gary Demarest will speak on “Living Into the Future” at 8:45 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Trinity United Presbyterian Church. Child care for children to 5 years will be provided. A “Tuesdays in the Word” program will be offered at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The church is at 13922 Prospect Ave., Santa Ana. (714) 544-7852.

The Rev. Tom Cramer will preach on “Approaching God” at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Geneva Presbyterian Church of Laguna Hills. Sunday school will follow the “Training for Young Disciples.” The church is at 24301 El Toro Road, Laguna Hills. (714) 837-2323.

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